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October 27 2015 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

PUBLIC INPUT

  • Mayor Menard introduced Ms. S. Thiessen, Director of Finance and Mr. D. Schaffer, Acting Director of Corporate Services 

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

  • Mr. I. Gerbrandt, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kamloops Region, provided an overview of the organization’s activities. M. B. Parks, Mentoring Coordinator for Merritt, outlined the programs offered in Merritt
  • Mr. R. Krenz, Stakeholder Relations, Independent Investigations Office, provided an overview of the origins of the Independent Investigations Officer and the work it does around British Columbia

  • Ms. E. Gillespie, Manager, Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce, outlined the request from the BC Ambassador Program for the use of the Merritt Civic Centre

  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • Council provide a grant of five hundred ($500.00) dollars to the ASK Wellness Society in support of the 2015 Homeless Count funded through the Grants-in-Aid budget
  • Council receives the Nicola Valley Heritage Society’s third (3rd) quarter report for information and directs the Chief Administrative Officer to negotiate a renewal of the agreement for up to three (3) years 
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  • BYLAWS

  • City of Merritt Animal Control Bylaw No. 2197, 2015 was read a second and third time
  • City of Merritt Wood Burning Appliances and Air Quality Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2200, 2015 and City if Merritt Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2201, 2015 were read a first, second and third time
  • City of Merritt Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2202, 2015 was adopted

NEW BUSINESS

  • Planning & Development Services Manager be directed to respond to the October 14, 2015 letter from Ms. Barbara Puga
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  • NOTICES OF MOTION

  • THAT no dog shall be tethered without the ability to move around and access shelter and water 
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  • REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices; attended the CPR Rail Lands open house on October 15th, the Nicola Valley Film Society’s presentation of the Russian film Leviathan on October 19th, and the opening of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology trades building and the start of the Pacific Coast Rally on October 23rd  
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the Southern Interior Local Government Association Finance 101 seminar or October 14th, the Age Friendly Community Plan presentation, the homeless count planning session, the CPR Lands open house and the Theatre Committee meeting on October 21st the Emergent Waste Systems presentation, and the opening of the trade building at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology on October 23rd
  • Councillor Baker attended the Age Friendly presentation and the CPR Lands Rail open house on October 15th and extended kudos to Sean O’Flaherty for the good work he did on the Age Friendly presentation; attended the Business After Business on October 22nd, the event at Brambles at which the Premier appeared on October 23rd and noted it was invigorating to hear the Premier speak so enthusiastically about Merritt 
  • Councillor Brown attended the Southern Interior Local Government Association Finance 101 seminar or October 14th; the CPR Rail Lands presentation on October 21st, the bio solids presentation regarding pyrolysis and the Business After Business event on October 22nd; the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology trade centre opening noting it was a step forward in post-secondary educational opportunities for First Nations students and the Premier’s event at Brambles on October 23rd; and the Merritt Centennials Ice Breaker event on October 24th.  Councillor Brown also asked that other Council members provide input on the preferences for committees
  • Councillor Norgaard attended the Pacific Forest Rally opening on October 23rd and noted that she was told during the weekend Merritt accommodations enjoyed a full house; and the Merritt Centennials Ice Breaker on October 24th 
  • Councillor Prowal attended the Southern Interior Local Government Association Finance 101 seminar or October 14th; the CPR Lands event and the Nicola Naturalist Society ponds and lakes presentation and noted the next meeting is November 14th on October 15th; the Business Awards on October 17th; the 4H horse show on October 18th; assisted at the haunted house at the old Middle School and the Business After Business event on October 22nd; and the Merritt Centennials Ice Breaker on October 24th   
  • Mayor Menard thanked the Fire Chief for the work his department does keeping the City safe, noting the long night fighting the Douglas Street fire on October 26th; attended the Southern Interior Local Government Association Finance 101 seminar or October 14th; the CPR Rail Lands open house, the Business Excellence Awards; the bio solids event; the Nicola Valley Health Care Endowment Foundation annual general meeting; the Thompson Nicola Regional District meetings on October 22nd and 23rd; the Premier’s event at Brambles; the opener of the Pacific Forest Rally; the ASK Wellness event and the Merritt Centennials Ice Breaker    


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